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" To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. "
" God is the name people give to the reason we are here. But I think that reason is the laws of physics rather than someone with whom one can have a personal relationship. An impersonal God. "
" There are plenty of dead scientists I admire, but I can't think of any living ones. This is probably because it is only in retrospect that one can see who made the important contributions. "
" Up until the 1920s, everyone thought the universe was essentially static and unchanging in time. "
" I have wondered about time all my life. "
" Maybe I don't have the most common kind of motor neuron disease, which usually kills in two or three years. "
" Most people don't have time to master the very mathematical details of theoretical physics. "
" There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature. "
" I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing. "
" Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. "
" Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge. "
" Throughout history, people have studied pure science from a desire to understand the universe rather than practical applications for commercial gain. But their discoveries later turned out to have great practical benefits. "
" If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, it would have recollapsed before it reached its present size. On the other hand, if it had been greater by a part in a million, the universe would have expanded too rapidly for stars and planets to form. "
" Computers double their performance every month. "
" I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer. "
" Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales. "
" Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. "
" Even if it turns out that time travel is impossible, it is important that we understand why it is impossible. "
" Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world, especially in my field. "
" As Irving Good realised in 1965, machines with superhuman intelligence could repeatedly improve their design even further, triggering what Vernor Vinge called a 'singularity.' "
" No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius. "
" Nothing cannot exist forever. "
" I grew up thinking that a research scientist was a natural thing to be. "
" My wife and I love each other very much. "
" Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. "
" Exploration by real people inspires us. "
" I can't say that my disability has helped my work, but it has allowed me to concentrate on research without having to lecture or sit on boring committees. "
" Theoretical physics is one of the few fields in which being disabled is no handicap - it is all in the mind. "
" There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people. "
" Women. They are a complete mystery. "
" The radiation left over from the Big Bang is the same as that in your microwave oven but very much less powerful. It would heat your pizza only to minus 271.3*C - not much good for defrosting the pizza, let alone cooking it. "